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Income Disparities in China

An OECD Perspective

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China has experienced spectacular economic growth since 1978, averaging 8 to 9% per year. As a result, on average, people’s standard of living is far higher than ever before in China’s history. However, economic disparities have also widened very significantly during this period, raising questions about the appropriateness and sustainability of existing policies. This book includes the papers from a seminar held in Paris on 20-21 October 2003 to explore the causes of China's growing economic disparities. The seminar was organised by the OECD and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China. The papers by Chinese and OECD experts look at the driving forces behind these trends and discuss possible policy responses. The collection presents many comparisons with income inequality trends in OECD countries, including geographic disparities, and looks at ways to improve Chinese data on income distribution.

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Income Disparities in OECD Member Countries

Trends in the Distribution of Household Incomes in the OECD Area (Michael Förster); Comments on Chapter 8, “Trends in the Distribution of Household Incomes in the OECD Area” (Pascal Mazodier); Earnings Disparities in OECD Member Countries: Structural Trends and Institutional Influences (Giuseppe Bertola); Measuring Regional Economies in OECD Countries (Vincenzo Spiezia); The Distribution of Household Income in Different Regions of the European Union (Michael Förster)

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